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8.11.17
How to Make Friends with Co-workers
  It's hard to be the new kid on the block, where everyone else has known each other for years. It can be even harder on the job, when everyone is also busy working, trying to impress the boss, or even competing for the same promotion.   Don't let any of that stop you from trying to develop workplace friendships. Working is a lot more fun — and productive — if you're doing it with friends. In fact, many companies are learning to encourage team camaraderie, because it leads to greater employee engagement and commitment to quality.   Here are some tips for getting to know your colleagues.   Say hello to everyone. It only takes a second to smile and say hi whenever you pass someone in the hall. You never know, that person could be a great future friend.   Share break time. Sit down with team members in the break room, or invite them out to lunch. When you're more relaxed and away from workstations, it's the ideal time to learn about each other on a personal level or...
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6.16.17
Easing the Transition from High School to Working Full-Time
  As we all know, high school is a world unto itself. Its definitions of success, expectations of behavior and tactics for achieving your goals are all quite a bit different from those of adult employment. Here are some things you should know to lessen the culture shock.   Be a self-starter. You see this phrase a lot in help wanted ads, but what does it mean? It means that you will no longer have parents and teachers repeatedly reminding you to get your tasks done. Your boss certainly won't do it. It's all on you now.   What was uncool is now cool. In high school, it was definitely not cool to be the eager beaver who was the first one in the classroom door and stayed late to ask questions. In the working world, it's the eager beaver who gets the pay raises and promotions.   Be flexible. The words "it's not my job" should never come out of your mouth. As the rookie on the team, you're expected to do anything and everything that's asked of you — and do it with a...
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5.23.17
Helping Your Transgender Employee Feel Comfortable
  Workplace diversity is a deep commitment at Integrity. As both a staffing industry leader and minority-owned business, we've had a unique opportunity to prove that character values like work ethic and team spirit are what make a successful employee, not vital statistics like ethnicity or gender.   The rights of transgender individuals are gaining broader acceptance in our society (and in the law courts). Smart businesses are keeping pace with steps to ensure that these employees are welcomed and protected from discrimination just like any other minority.   Here are our top tips for making it happen.   Put the policy in writing. You probably have a discrimination policy already, so it's simple to add transgender people to the handbook and sexual harassment training. There should also be procedures established for people already in your employment who decide to transition: leave benefits, name changes, a designated point person to manage the process and so on....
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5.16.17
How to Professionally Critique Your Boss at the Annual Review
  No boss is perfect. But is it a good idea to tell him/her so? After all, you might be setting yourself up for retaliation, or called a complainer. However, there are ways to do it with class and tact. If your supervisor's behavior is hindering productivity, you owe it to yourself, the team and the whole company.   Bring notes. At a time when you're calm and objective., write down the points you want to bring up — and stick to them. Speaking off the top of your head, in the heat of the moment, is more likely to cause hurt and anger than any beneficial behavior change.   Ask if he/she would like feedback. Prepare your boss for the discussion with a polite lead-in. If he/she just doesn't want to hear criticism at all, or will be insulted no matter how nice and positive you try to be, it's better to back off. If you believe the situation is putting the team or company at risk, handle it another way, such as through HR.   Focus on your perceptions. Don't make direct...
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4.26.17
Top Ways to Save Money
    "Pay yourself first." You often hear this advice from personal finance experts, but it's rarely followed. What it means is that before you even think about paying bills or debts, you should put some of your income into savings for long-term goals, such as owning your own home, sending your child to college or enjoying a comfortable retirement.   But that just isn't possible when your entire paycheck is gone almost the minute you get it. So, how can you ever pay yourself first? By plugging up the drains that are putting your money into other people's pockets instead of your savings for a brighter future.   1. Eliminate/avoid high interest debt. This includes credit cards and payday loans, and it's the biggest money suck most of us face. We just don't realize how much it costs us to use those cards; but if your average daily balance is more than, say, $700, you're paying well over $100 per year in interest. Eliminate: Some banks offer 0% APR for a limited time (i.e....
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1.23.17
Advantages of a Workplace Mentor
  Nearly all highly successful professionals say they couldn't have gotten where they are now without having a mentor in the early stages of their career. Developing a relationship with a more experienced colleague can smooth your path toward your career goals in many ways. Here are just a few of them:   1. Clues you in to the office culture. Someone who's worked there a while can tell you who really gets things done, who's in which clique, and what unwritten rules you'll be expected to play by. Insights into personalities can help you deal strategically with the individuals who will influence your job success.   2. Helps you be heard. Newbies often are afraid to speak up, or don't know how to make their point without making enemies. Plus, the mentor's position within the company can give you a powerful supporting voice if you need one.   3. Helps you listen. Being able to accept feedback, and act on it, will be crucial to your career (and personal) growth; yet it's one...
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1.17.17
Ways to Live MLK's Mission of Service Both Personally and Professionally
  “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   Martin Luther King Day of Service is Monday, January 16, 2017. Every American is encouraged to celebrate it by giving service to the community — and ideally being inspired to continue giving back all year round.   There are endless ways that each of us can contribute to the good of the family, community or nation we belong to. It can be as simple as helping out a disabled veteran by running errands or shoveling snow; or as big as making an ongoing commitment to a volunteer organization.   These ideas are only meant to start you thinking. The variety of good causes you can support with your time and skills is way too big to cover in this article. But we're confident that with a bit of looking around, you will discover the perfect opportunity to give service in the great MLK tradition.   Share your muscle. If you sit at a desk all day, some physical...
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1.09.17
How to Start Fresh on Your Job Search This New Year
    Maybe you've been looking for a while and have become discouraged. Or maybe you were distracted by holiday responsibilities and festivities. In any case, you're in dire need of some motivation.   Here are 5 ideas for re-energizing your job hunt and starting off 2017 with a bang.   1. Focus more on networking than job postings. If there's nothing on the boards except the same old positions you've seen — and applied to — for months, it's time to look in a new direction. Consider everyone you talk with, from your neighborhood barista to old school buddies, as a potential link to an unadvertised job opening. Candidates who are personally referred have more credibility with hiring managers than unknown applicants from the job boards.   2. Widen your job target. Think outside the box of your desired career path. Your strengths may be equally well suited to related fields where opportunities are more plentiful. What you consider a detour on your route to success just...
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12.19.16
Your Secret Advantage: Job Hunt in December
    You've probably heard that nobody hires in December. So you might as well take the month off from your job hunting efforts and enjoy the holidays, right?   Wrong. The truth is that two out of three recruiters say they'll place as many candidates this month as any other month. In fact, it's much tougher to land a job in January than December.   Want some more reasons why December can be the most wonderful time of the year to job hunt? Check these out:   1. Beating out your competition. Everyone else has heard that same thing about December being a slow hiring month as you have, and decided to slack off looking for work. So if you get your resume out there now, you'll be competing with fewer other candidates for the job. Plus, it puts recruiters under more pressure to fill the position so you're more likely to have an easier, quicker path from first introduction to job offer.   2. Easier access to hiring managers. With many support staff away on holiday break...
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12.12.16
Overcoming Daily Challenges on Your Integrity Assignment
In every job, there will be things you find difficult to deal with — stressful deadlines, uncooperative co-workers, counter-productive processes, lack of recognition for your efforts, etc. Although some challenges may just be the nature of the job and there's nothing you can do about it, it's always worth considering if something CAN be done about it.   At Integrity Staffing, we want all our associates to feel empowered to take positive action towards resolving challenges, and unblock their road to career success. If you believe you're in a difficult situation, here are 5 steps you can take toward making your work life better.   1. Define the challenge. Rather than focusing on how the challenge makes you feel, try to analyze why that challenge exists in the first place. For example, if a team member rubs you the wrong way, why is that happening? Is the person's family problems causing him/her to be short-tempered? Is he/she from another culture with different norms of...
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